This is a basic setup details + script to help in demoing the GPII using the equipment available in the IDRC offices. Typical scenarios for this are outside visitors to the IDRC.




Reader + Tokens

Setup and Testing

Things That Can Go Wrong & How to Fix Them

Diagnostics and Troubleshooting


The listener diagnostic windows in a “healthy” state


Tokens Don’t Launch Preferences, But NFC Reader Beeps


Basic Script

This can be adapted as needed, but hits the key points. It takes approximately 3 minutes to deliver, including interaction with the technology.

The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is an international project to develop a set of technologies, protocols and standards that make it easier for information technology systems to adapt themselves to the preferences of an individual user rather than than requiring individual users to adapt to them. The IDRC works on the GPII as part of Raising the Floor, a consortium of academic, industry and non-governmental organizations and individuals working on projects related to one-size-fits-one digital inclusion.

The GPII allows automatic personalization of user interfaces and user context adaptation based on portable user preferences that can be stored both securely in the cloud or on a physical device such as a ring, smart card, or USB key. I have several such physical devices here, which use inexpensive near-field communication (NFC) technology to store a user’s preferences, and a GPII-enabled Windows 10 system.

If you’ve ever configured a computer system for a different screen resolution or larger text size, you know that this often requires you to navigate the particulars of the operating system or software. The GPII is building technology to make widely varying information technology systems - such as home computers, smart phones, ticket kiosks, electronic voting machines, public access library computers - capable of adapting on the fly to a user’s preferences by matching a user’s preference to its available solutions.

So if I needed an audio interface like a screen reader (tap in livia/blue ring), I tap in, and the computer adapts automatically. When I tap out (tap out), the system returns to the state it was in before. The same for technologies like a screen magnifier (tap in elod/orange ring, demonstrate magnifier, then tap out) or an onscreen keyboard (tap in alice/clear card, demonstrate onscreen keyboard, then tap out), or for a preference like a low screen resolution (tap in elmer/white circle). In each case, I don’t have to reconfigure the system to suit my needs - it adapts to them using GPII technology.

The purpose of the GPII is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety. For more information visit